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Danbury recieves $800,000 federal grant for school program

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Time: 1:53 PM

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Last week, at a press conference at Mill Ridge School, the Connecticut Institute for Communities (CIC) and Danbury School system announced that the city received a 880,000 federal grant to expand the Early Head Start program.

Citing the efforts of Congressman Chris Murphy and Senator Chris Dodd in making sure the grant was approved, CIC President James Maloney informed those in attendance that the funding will be aimed at hiring 20 new staff members for the additional children and parents who will be able to receive education and health services with the grant.

From last week, here's video footage from the press conference.






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HatCityBLOG EXCLUSIVE: Ad-hoc committee on parking fees renewal


Time: 11:59 AM

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Last week, the city council held an ad-hoc committee meeting that looked into the renewal of the parking license fees at the former location of the Boston Billiards Club.

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With plans in the works for the Chuck E. Cheese and Buffalo Wild Wings franchise to move into the strip mall, the owners of the property approached the council to negotiate the terms of the parking fees agreement, as well as propose plans to increase the number of parking spaces by eliminating the area between the strip mall and airport that currently houses the Danbury horseshoe club.

I came to the meeting about 30 minutes after the start of the meeting.

When I arrived, the topic of conversation we the pricing of the parking fees. In the audio clip, councilman Ben Chianese expressed his concerns over the low amount of money the city of charging the property owner for the parking spaces.



The video picks up with councilman Joe Cavo defending the parking fees.


Danbury school system receives failing grade

Monday, December 21, 2009
Time: 4:29 PM



Today, ConnCAN released their 2009-10 School Report Cards and top 10 lists and when it comes to overall performance of the Danbury school system, lets just say that their scores are less than impressive...

UPDATE: For a breakdown of the methodology of ConnCAN’s report, click here

Danbury High School:
RANKED: 135 out of 183

OVERALL STUDENT PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of students meeting state goals across all subjects: 32 percent or D-

STUDENT SUBGROUP PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of low-income, African-American, and Hispanic students meeting state goals across all subjects: 17 percent or F.




Alternative School Center For Excellence
RANKED: 179 out of 183

OVERALL STUDENT PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of students meeting state goals across all subjects: 4 percent or F

STUDENT SUBGROUP PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of low-income, African-American, and Hispanic students meeting state goals across all subjects: N/A




Shelter Rock School

OVERALL STUDENT PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of students meeting state goals across all subjects: 55 percent or C

STUDENT SUBGROUP PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of low-income, African-American, and Hispanic students meeting state goals across all subjects: 47 percent or D+




Pembroke School

OVERALL STUDENT PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of students meeting state goals across all subjects: 47 percent or D+

STUDENT SUBGROUP PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of low-income, African-American, and Hispanic students meeting state goals across all subjects: N/A




Broadview Middle School
RANKED: 172 out of 292

OVERALL STUDENT PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of students meeting state goals across all subjects: 61 percent or C+

STUDENT SUBGROUP PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of low-income, African-American, and Hispanic students meeting state goals across all subjects: 44 percent or D+




Roger's Park Middle School
RANKED: 210 out of 292

OVERALL STUDENT PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of students meeting state goals across all subjects: 50 percent or C-

STUDENT SUBGROUP PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of low-income, African-American, and Hispanic students meeting state goals across all subjects: 36 percent or D




Mill Ridge Intermediate School
RANKED: 411 out of 593

OVERALL STUDENT PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of students meeting state goals across all subjects: 54 percent or C

STUDENT SUBGROUP PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of low-income, African-American, and Hispanic students meeting state goals across all subjects: 27 percent or F




Park Avenue School
RANKED: 419 out of 593

OVERALL STUDENT PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of students meeting state goals across all subjects: 54 percent or C

STUDENT SUBGROUP PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of low-income, African-American, and Hispanic students meeting state goals across all subjects: 40 percent or D




Hayestown Avenue School
OVERALL STUDENT PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of students meeting state goals across all subjects: 53 percent or C-

STUDENT SUBGROUP PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of low-income, African-American, and Hispanic students meeting state goals across all subjects: 36 percent or D




Morris Street School
RANKED: 467 out of 593

OVERALL STUDENT PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of students meeting state goals across all subjects: 46 percent or D+

STUDENT SUBGROUP PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of low-income, African-American, and Hispanic students meeting state goals across all subjects: 41 percent or D




Stadley Rough School
RANKED: 469 out of 593

OVERALL STUDENT PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of students meeting state goals across all subjects: 45 percent or D+

STUDENT SUBGROUP PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of low-income, African-American, and Hispanic students meeting state goals across all subjects: 27 percent or F




Roberts Avenue School
RANKED: 378 out of 593

OVERALL STUDENT PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of students meeting state goals across all subjects: 58 percent or C

STUDENT SUBGROUP PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of low-income, African-American, and Hispanic students meeting state goals across all subjects: 54 percent or C




Western CT Academy for International Studies (Magnet School)

RANKED: 145 out of 593

OVERALL STUDENT PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of students meeting state goals across all subjects: 79 percent or B+

STUDENT SUBGROUP PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of low-income, African-American, and Hispanic students meeting state goals across all subjects: N/A




King Street Intermediate School
RANKED: 256 out of 593

OVERALL STUDENT PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of students meeting state goals across all subjects: 71 percent or B-

STUDENT SUBGROUP PERFORMANCE
Average percentage of low-income, African-American, and Hispanic students meeting state goals across all subjects: 42 percent or D+


...so much for Mayor Boughton's record when it comes to education.

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For a more detailed breakdown of the school's scores, visit the ConnCANN website.

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